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Big weekend gets rave reviews

Great American Ball Park, Riverboat Row, Sawyer Point and Washington Park are calm today. But over the weekend they were packed with visitors for one of the busiest weekends of the year downtown.

Big events at the venues attracted nearly 400,000 visitors starting last Thursday.

Cincy Blues Fest had a record crowd Friday night at Sawyer Point and drew 35,000 people over two nights.  Goettafest on Newports Riverboat Row is in its 13th year and this was its biggest.

Were thinking somewhere around 200,000, Gliers Goetta's Special Events Coordinator Kerry Schall told Local 12. We were packed from end to end the entire weekend.  Even on most days were serving food at 11:30 and didnt open until 12.

The Reds averaged more than 40,000 each for the 3 game series against the Cardinals.

The first Lumenocity 2013 drew a surprisingly large crowd to Washington Park on Saturday and Sunday. It exceeded our expectations, said the CSOs Chris Pinelo. We drew 15,000 on Saturday and then we topped it on Sunday with 20,000, filling the park and having an incredible shared experience.

Lumenocity 2013 used 12 high-powered projectors to blanket the exterior of Music Hall with animated images.  The animation was choreographed to music performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  It was a first-of-its-kind way to welcome new musical director Louis Langree.

Those four events drew an estimated 392,000 people to downtown over the weekend.  Some credited the unseasonably cool weather.  Schall credited an increasingly cool Cincinnati.  I think Cincinnati is becoming a lot more fun.  And I think people are enjoying what the city has to offer. And theyre coming from further away.



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